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Brendon joined MinterEllison as a partner in 2000 after nine years as a partner at Dunhill Madden Butler. He has 30 years experience in advising clients on all aspects of insolvency (reconstructions, work-outs and formal appointments), securities enforcement, risk management, banking and finance litigation and general commercial disputes.
He is recognised as a leader in his field in independent publications such as the Legal Who's Who of Australia (nominated by peers in the profession), the AFR's Best Lawyers List for Australia (each edition from 2008 to 2017) (again, nominated by peers in the profession), recognised as a Tier 1 lawyer in the Australian's List of Best Lawyers for 2011 to 2014, Chambers Global (2006 to 2013 editions), the Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide (2005 to 2016 editions), International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) (2008 to 2016 editions), Asianlaw Leading Lawyers (2010 to 2016) and the Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers (2009 & 2010 editions).
Brendon is one of only three lawyers in Australia to be recognised as an expert in Insolvency and Restructuring by the latest edition of Expert Guides, titled 'Best of the Best' (October 2014).
Clients say Brendon is 'my go-to lawyer for a complex case. He has a strong relationship ethos and an outstanding intellect.' - Chambers Asia Pacific 2016
Melbourne partner Brendon Watkins is a 'strong advocate who never leaves a stone unturned and is very tenacious as well as a good leader,' according to clients. He offers over 27 years of experience on all aspects of insolvency, reconstructions and workouts - Chambers Asia Pacific 2014Well-respected partner Brendon Watkins is described by sources as 'an extremely competent operator, a good thinker with a very can-do attitude. He doesn't get bogged down if the law is contradictory. He's sensible and doesn't put up roadblocks.' He acted for the receivers and managers of Burrup Fertilisers, in relation to a secured creditor's exposure valued in excess of AUD900 million - Chambers Asia Pacific 2013Respected for his 'knowledge and passion', Brendon Watkins 'provides clear, concise advice that is both practical and of a high technical standard.' He is noted for his 'attention to detail and ability to break down extremely complex legal matters to provide clients with well-researched and thorough advice.' Clients comment that 'he is the sort of guy who you bring in when you need a heavy hitter' - Chambers Asia Pacific